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5 Winter-Trekking Days in Torres del Paine

Sure the temperatures are extreme, but if you come well equipped and with the right mind set, nothing will stand in the way of you falling in love with this autral-most wonder of the world.

First, you will have the park all to yourself. Imagine a place visited by 300,000 tourists per year empty itself during 4 months. Less people also means more chances to make wild encounters. In effect, puma and huemul deer sightings are more common during this time of the year. If you like winter sports, this is your time, as you will be walking on ice and snow. Crampons are on the required gear list. Additionally, although the temperatures drop considerably, wind gusts do soften and strong winds are almost non-existent during the winter. Surprisingly enough, the sky is clear and the sun shines more often than not. These conditions are excellent for photography, as sun rises later and its light reaches the snow-caped Paine massif horizontally all throughout the day. Finally, low season means lower rates.

DAY 1: Base Torres
Your transport will pick you up in the early morning from Puerto Natales to get to the eastern entrance of Torres del Paine National Park. Here starts the longest and most difficult trail of the trip. 11km up the valley to reach the Base of the Towers lookout! Two steep uphills but the view at the top is rewarding. And don't forget the 11km downhill... Back to the vehicle and off to Pueblito Serrano, near the western entrance of the National Park. Night spent in Nash lodge.

DAY 2: Carretas
Early departure from Nash lodge to reach the west entrance of Torres del Paine National Park. We will get dropped off in Administración, where we start hiking on trail Carretas. Backpack on shoulders, hiking poles in hand, Carretas offers 16km of flatlands going up Grey river, straight towards beautiful and imposing Paine massif distinguishable in the distance. We reach Paine Grande Refugio in the late afternoon where a recently made bed and warm shower awaits us.

DAY 4: Valle Francés


Now off to the French Valley! We have all day to reach the Italian campsite and adventure ourselves up the French Valley, between the imposing Cuernos mountain formation and the impressive French hanging glacier. Whatchout for avalanches! Night spent at Refugio Paine Grande.

DAY 5: Catamaran on Lake Pehoé
Enjoy your morning around Lake Pehoé as its colors change from the moment the sun rises till it settles up in the sky. We will embark on the noon boat ride across the lake where our vehicle awaits us to head back to Puerto Natales. 

DAY 3: Grey Glacier
This morning we leave Refugio Paine Grande to hike all the way to Refugio Grey, a hut located right in front of the Grey Glacier. You will be hiking beneath the Southern Ice Fields. Breathtaking views guaranteed on the way there and back! Night spent at Refugio Paine Grande.

***Changes might be made to the itinerary due to the limited Catamaran services. In the winter, the Catamaran runs on the 1st and 15th of every month. CONTACT US with anticipation in order to plan your trip around these requirements! 

And the adventure doesn't stop here. For those of you fully equiped who want to brave the cold and pitch a tent in the snow, we have what you are looking for! Contact us to organise the complete W circuit around the Paine massif.